West Grove Presbyterian Church

Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known

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 (page updated 10/19/2014)           

Pastor Charlie Gross

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On Oct 19, we host the annual Pyle family singers to our sanctuary at 4pm for two hours of Gospel music and worship followed by a Texas brisquet meal and covered dish dinner that rivals Shady Maple!  Come out and experience God's outrageous love and grace!

Here is the link to an outstanding small group resource called, Word Share Prayer - <click here>  I will be teaching about this on Saturday Oct 18th at the Gilday's bonfire "small group!"

TOTALLY shocked and surprised on Sept 28th with an absolutely gala celebration of my 10th year of ordination!  WOW!  What a powerful worship, card shower and dinner!  THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU!  I am surrounded by a GREAT cloud of witnesses to Christ's love and grace!

On Sept 28th, we welcome Rev. Tom Coye, Rev. Judy Thomson, Ruling Elder Linda Parks, and Dave Alberts from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kilmarnock, Va and Randy Smith from First Presbyterian Church Richmond, VA to our First Mobile Church worship service.   It's wonderful to be surrounded by these passionate lovers of Jesus Christ as they seek to find new ways of sharing the good news of Christ's grace and love.

Thanks to David and Terry Way, Melissa Ryan, Lisa Murphy, Lisa Gross, Dot, Jerry and Denise Parsons and Tom Tindall for their work at the Penn Township Days on Saturday!  What a beautiful time of sharing with the community!  We gave out 144 sand art crosses!  Just a  simple beautiful reminder of God's extravagant love for his people!

On Sunday Sept 14th, we gave Linda Mercner, Director of YoungMoms, a check for $1,000 raised at our Yard Sale!  We surrounded her with our Deacons who volunteer in that ministry as well as our Yard Sale workers who labored to raise this large mission gift!  What a joy to bless local YoungMoms toward a more abundant, joyous life!

Dotti Sayre, Pastor Charlie and Lisa Gross and an anonymous member joined the West Grove Presbyterian Church Legacy Society!  They did this by placing this body of Christ in their Will!  Will you join them in this bold move?  This will help the ministry and mission of this vital body of Christ go forward into the future! [ps - you can do this and remain anonymous, but at least let me or Kim McLimans know.]

Here is the online Spiritual Gift Survey mentioned in the June 8th sermon - Gifted for the Common Good!  Click here to download this quick and easy gift survey.  You could use this to help you plug in to your gifts, OR you could experiment, try things out and discover by "hands on," where you are gifted.

Leaving a Leadership Legacy!  Please read the sermon or listen to the sermon from May 18th, from 1 Peter 5:1-7.  We are all called to lead willingly, with humility and by example.  One very powerful way of leaving a leadership legacy is by putting a paragraph in our Last Will and Testament that leaves a specific dollar figure or a specific percentage of our estates to the body of Christ at West Grove Presbyterian Church.

Have you tried out the Bob and Sue Howard Thought for the Day podcast?  Click here to get via iTunes.

This is going to be an exciting new year at West Grove Presbyterian Church and First Mobile Church!  Please check out the simple web page at firstmobilechurch.org !  There are lots of opportunities for service and responding to God's Word!

Sunday, September 21st is our 44th week of First Mobile Church!  This is a 40 minute church service held at 9am via a conference call!  See firstmobilechurch.org for more details!  Or, at 9am on Sunday, simply call 530-881-1212 and enter meeting ID code - 345-710-914#  Or, you may call toll free - 1-855-212-0212 and enter 345-710-914#   Welcome to a faith community gathered from all over via a telephone conference call!  Oh, for an information center area for this church, call 1-641-715-3800 and enter 10326#  for complete information about First Mobile church.

Read the news about First Mobile Church, Click here for the Lancaster Newspaper article.  Click here for the Daily Local article.

Big news!  If you received an email from RightNowMedia.org, please open it up and register!  I am sharing my continuing education money with you and a chance to dive into thousands of Bible studies, conference talks and training posts.  This is a gold mine of educational opportunities.  To date, 21 out of 60 have joined to take advantage of this amazing resource!  If you want to take advantage of this huge resource, send me your email address!

Have you tried out the new West Grove Training Center?  It's really easy.  Simply call 1-641-715-3800 and enter access code 31274#  There are a number of interesting topics addressed.  Try it today!

Jan 19, 2013 - Men's breakfast at 8a  Speaker was Glenn Davis - Attorney and Chief Master Sergeant in the Delaware Air National Guard.  Topic - "Our Legacy" - Click here to listen

The Age of Collaboration, Sharing and Communicating!

I would love to have more conversations regarding innovative and creative ways of being the body of Christ in 2014 and beyond!  I’ve created a shared Google document to share comments and ideas for building the body of Christ and for Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known.  Go to  http://tiny.cc/rq8yqw. and enter your comments and ideas!  You will bless me and do your part to grow the kingdom!

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Send one of the following video clips around to your friends!   

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Helpful Book - Achieving - (the story) - How to make use of free internet resources for increasing productivity!

Giving the book away for free!  
  http://achievingthestory.weebly.com or at http://charliegross.com   

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We are also getting a good response to the Spiritual Gift Survey!  Click here to download this quick and easy gift survey.  Fill it out and give it to Pastor Charlie!  Thanks!

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The New Members Class outline is "on line!"  (Click here for it) (9/12/12)

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A Note on my philosophy of leadership

I believe strongly in the Ephesians 4:11-13 passage in that the pastor's role is to be a ministry "player/coach" in building up the saints for ministry.  In this role, I look forward to blessing, coaching, and laboring beside the gifted ministers of Jesus Christ in this congregation.  Our main goal is to "Know Christ and Make Christ Known!"

West Grove Presbyterian Church is working very hard to make church simple, where everything we do is aligned to Know Christ and Make Christ Known.  We invite everyone into our fellowship, we study God's Word, we worship, we pray, and we work together to know Jesus Christ - the Savior of the world!  And, we diligently seek new ways to make this wonderful Savior known!

I am also a strong believer in over communication.  Please keep me informed via cell phone: 484.748.0241 (this is a google voice number that forwards to my 717.468.1568 cell phone.  It is a local number in the West Grove area) or email: cwgross@gmail.com.  I want to know how I can best pray for you and support you in your specific ministry.

God's Extravagant Blessings to you all!

Pastor Charlie